The Sewing Circle

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Hi Sages,
The Topanga Women’s Circle is joining with the Sages to offer a unique volunteering opportunity. On this Thursday, and every 3rd Thursday of the month at Topanga Library from 10:15-12:00, the Sewing Circlewill meet to craft items for the homeless. Please read this message below (or download it) from the organizers & open your hearts! We Invite You…


On a Journey to Help the Homeless


We’d like to tell you about a project we’re playing with that just about anybody anywhere can get involved in…the Sages Sewing Circle. It’s not just a sewing circle, rather a social of peers and others “to create whatever you like for the less fortunate who are on the threshold of a better life.” It helps those who have been down on their luck and now have an opportunity for a new beginning. The apartments for these families are provided through the Veteran’s Administration, the Salvation Army and Venice Community Housing.

For those who qualify, it means moving out of homeless shelters and into an apartment, albeit one that is bare bones. Bare bones means no sheets, blankets or pillows on the bed, no shower curtains or bath items, no pot holders (or pots for that matter) and so on. Many of these essential items are provided by the Topanga Women’s Circle through donations made to their organization. What is missing is the caring touch of a homemade item like a soft, stuffed toy for a child’s bed or a crocheted blanket for the baby, pot holders, tablecloths, placemats, decorative pillows and a comfy throw for the back of a couch. Even a vase with artificial flowers helps make an apartment feel more like a home. Do you make artificial flowers? These are all items that can be made and become very special creations with your good wishes for these families in mind.

If you have something you’d like to make for a family ready for re-entry, please contact us or just drop by the Library’s community room on the 3rd Thursday of the month between 10:15 A.M. and 12 noon. That’s when we get together. So come check us out! We love visitors and have a great time and we’d love to have you join us. If you’re into sewing, we have material, some patterns for soft stuffed toys, some embroidery thread and lots of fun. You can create your project at home or at our monthly gathering or both. There’s no pressure.
And if sewing isn’t your thing but you have an idea for something else you’d like to try, email us at We’d love to hear from you.

Lee Kelly, Topanga Canyon Sages & Karen Sherwood, Topanga Women’s Circle